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| The faculty of this institution maintain the good ole boy network within the Christian community. If you disagree with Dept heads, you will not go anywhere and they will spurn you. Not very Christian OR enlightened. |
|Jul 13 2011|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| It is not easy to be an education major at Trinity, but it does pay off in the end. At times, there was so much work to be done for different classes on top of completing a HUGE online portfolio that was to be completed before graduating, that it was tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel. |
The portfolio was to be a useful tool when interviewing and applying for positions at different schools. (That proved to be true - it is a very useful tool to give to administrators for them to view the work that you have completed over the course of four years of college as an education major.) But it was a labor-intensive project, as are most things related to the education major.
The grading scale isn't easy either - a 98 to 100 is an "A" in most coursework tied to the education department. A 94 to a 97 was an "A-", a 90 to a 93 was a "B+" and on down - definitely not an easy grading scale, although it wasn't impossible by any means to maintain a high grade in the education courses - it just took a lot of work, turning things in on time, and putting a good amount of effort into each assignment.
It wasn't easy in college, and it consumed my life at times, but it was good preparation for the real world of teaching, as there is always a ton of things to be done in the classroom, between planning and preparing lessons, helping students one-on-one, grading papers, turning in paperwork to the administration, keeping up with the parents of students, keeping my certification valid, and more.
The professors in the education department are excellent - they are current in the information that they are providing their students, and they bring years of knowledge and experience to the college courses they teach so they can prepare future educators in their classes. They also make sure that we stay up-to-date with what the state of Illinois requires for future teachers, and there are a lot of rules at times that go hand-in-hand with both the state of Illinois requirements and the requirements that the Education Department at Trinity has.It's not a program of study for everyone, that's for sure, especially when it comes to turning in paperwork on time, keeping grades up where they needs to be, (there are a lot of rules regarding what grades must be met in both the education courses, the courses you're taking for your minor, and your overall GPA), and "jumping through the hoops" so to speak for the state of Illinois. But, it was definitely worth it, and when it came time to student teach and then teach in my own classroom, I felt more than prepared for the different aspects of teaching I have encountered.
|Jan 16 2010|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| Trinity was the right mix of a small friendly community close to a large city that I could go explore on weekends and utilize for my education. It also overall was a solid Christian atmosphere, especially the faculty and staff, and a good majority of the students as well. (And I can say that honestly, since I attended a Christian high school - I felt more at home at Trinity than I did in my high school.)|
The professors are excellent and truly care about their students. They want to be able to see you do well, and if you give effort on your part and try hard, they'll meet you the rest of the way, plus some so that you receive a good education. The college is student-oriented.
The faculty, staff, and administration want to see students get invovled and learn about what to expect once they graduate and are in the world, and this happens through many good things, and through the tough stuff and things that don't always go right either. Life isn't perfect at Trinity, just as in real life. But, there are a lot of people there that are trying their best to become the people that God wants them to be. Yep, it's flawed at times, but it's also up to you how you're going to react to the flaws. You can complain, or you can go ahead and do something about then, and if you want to do something about them, you have plenty of opportunity to do so - you just need to be proactive. Get other students involved. Talk with administration. And know that change takes time some time, so have patience and be persistent. If you give up, changes won't happen.
There are all types of students at Trinity - if you're willing to put yourself out there and get to know people, they'll usually accept you for who you are and welcome you in to the community. But, don't sit in your room and wait for people to come to you. If you see people hanging out and hanging around, introduce yourself, get to know people, and get involved. Definitely get involved with a group or two on campus - it helps you feel connected to more people and you'll enjoy your time at Trinity a lot more. The students who stay in their room and don't do anything are usually the ones who get bored and leave the college after a while because they didn't get involved. There are usually things going on around campus - all you need to do is show up and get in the mix. And if there isn't anything going on, there are plenty of things to do in the area around Trinity, and there's always downtown Chicago. If you're bored, it's either because you want to be (and sometimes you do want to be bored because you're busy in college :) or because it's your own fault. As with any college choice, I feel that it's more what you make of your experience than what the college can make the experience for you, but, because of Trinity's location, the community, the internships, study aborad programs, and everything that it has to offer, you will be setting yourself up well for a good college experience at Trinity and you will be prepared to enter the job market and the real world (no college is truly the real world, sorry!) after you graduate.
|May 03 2008|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2005 |